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Company Name

Payload Studios


1 Baker’s Yard
Baker’s Row

Founding Date

November 2013


Founding Date

November 2013



Payload Studios is a British independent game studio founded by Russ Clarke to develop the ultimate exploration sandbox game – TerraTech.

Studio history:

Payload Studios founder Russ Clarke left London’s Ideaworks mobile studio 2012 to go on his very own indie adventure, pulling in his experience from working on beloved franchises like Metal Gear, Call of Duty, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Fable.

TerraTech started development in late 2013 and progressed rapidly, launching on Steam’s Early Access platform in February 2015. Building upon a wealth of community feedback, it was fully released on Steam in August 2018, with console versions following soon afterwards on Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

The team expanded at pace and is now based in London Farringdon, where Payload have also founded the Tentacle Zone, a co-working space and professional network for game industry professionals. The team’s hard work and dedication was recognised when Payload Studios won TIGA’s “Best Small Studio” Award in 2020.

In 2021 Tencent, a leading internet and technology company, invested a minority stake in Payload. This investment will support the growth of the team and development of future titles with Payload’s signature community-driven model.

Selected articles

“Think Minecraft meets cult TV show Robot Wars”

Keith Stuart, The Guardian, 16th September 2014

"The fun comes from working out what you can really get away with as you bolt on hover pads, bigger wheels, boosters, even bigger wheels..."

Leon Hurley, Kotaku UK, 24th June 2014


  • Russell Clarke
    Founder & CEO
  • Vincent Scheurer
    Founder & Director of Operations
  • Nick Button-Brown
    Strategic Advisor
  • Khally Saarman-Jones
    Office Manager
  • Ben Heapy
    IT Manager
  • Nisha Valand
    Programme Director
  • Kris Skellorn
    Principal Designer
  • Greg Moniz
    Senior Designer
  • Kae Cheung
    Junior Designer
  • John Brewer
    Senior Programmer
  • Simon Hobbs
    Senior Programmer
  • Tom Beaumont
    Senior Programmer
  • Aldo Curtis
  • Richard Fox
  • Josh Weeden
  • James Flannery
  • Jason Howard
    Art Director
  • Rob Swinburn
    Senior Artist
  • Nadim De Gouveia-Akhtar
    Senior Artist
  • Oliver Bermejo Hidalgo
  • Anton Korubov
  • Sai Wun Poon
    Senior Producer
  • Tom Page
    Senior Producer
  • Dave Hodson
  • Jamie Finch
    Associate Producer
  • Jay Uppal
    Data Consultant
  • Adriano Rizzo
    QA Manager
  • Cheryl Rowell
    QA Tester
  • Sammi Luzon
    QA Tester
  • Rob Kinder
    Publishing Director
  • Matt Guest
    Community Manager